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Books: Historical/Text Ling, Napolitano: Moro

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  1. LINCOM.EUROPA, Aspects of Old Neapolitan: Moro

Message 1: Aspects of Old Neapolitan: Moro

Date: Mon, 05 May 2003 16:44:52 +0000
Subject: Aspects of Old Neapolitan: Moro

Title: Aspects of Old Neapolitan
Subtitle: The language of Basile's "Lo cunto de li cunti"
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Romance Linguistics 36
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Availability: Available
Author: Anna L. Moro, McMaster University 

Paperback: ISBN: 3895867217, Pages: 180, Price: USD 64 / EUR 62 / GBP
Comment: Student/Course Discount: 40%

This work investigates the language of Giambattista Basile's Lo cunto
de li cunti, a work that has received surprisingly little linguistic
attention. The first two chapters introduce the reader to the author
and the text, and to the principal Neapolitan texts consulted for the
diachronic study of the language of Lo cunto. Chapter 3 examines the
usage of shi in Basile's works, and in the works of other Neapolitan
writers of the same era. The evidence presented here indicates clearly
that the use of shi is phonetically motivated; confirmation is found
in theoretical observations on the evolution of PL, BL and FL in
Italo-Romance, in data gathered from Old and Modern Neapolitan, and
from Old Sicilian.

The complex relationship between analogy and metaphony is explored in
Chapters 4 and 5. The study examines morphophonemic analogy in
proparoxytones, paroxytones involving masculine~feminine pairs, and
feminine forms exhibiting metaphonic plurals. Through the study of the
language of Lo cunto two analogical phases in the evolution of
feminine forms are captured: an earlier phase in which internal
pressure to distinguish number through tonic vowel alternations
produced non-etymological metaphonic plurals in first class feminine
nouns; a later phase in which, on account of pressure to exploit tonic
vowel alternations to distinguish gender, rather than number, feminine
metaphonic plurals underwent systematic weakening. Anna L. Moro is
Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Italian in the Department of
Modern Languages and Linguistics at McMaster University, in
Canada. She has published articles on historical aspects of language,
and pedagogical materials for the teaching of Italian.
Lingfield(s): Historical Linguistics
		Language Description
		Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Italian (Language Code: ITN)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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